Courtney's View #4: Assume Change
Teaching’s almost over really. The time was flying by anyway, but things kicked into warp drive when I found out that though my contract ends in March, the last day of school is February 9th. What cultural thing is this? I don’t know. But I get paid for a month a half of navel gazing. Much wow!
This news aside, I’ve taken into account Unexpected Days Off as a highly possible bi-weekly or even weekly occurrence. The reasons are usually both creative and official. For your vivid understanding, I have curated these reasons into a list:
- “There is a competition that you must watch this morning. You will have no class.”
- “There is a holiday on Tuesday. And on Monday.”
- “There is a festival in the afternoon. Maybe there will be no class.”
- “It is sports week. There is no class.”
- “The students are playing football. Maybe they will not come today.”
- “The students have a test. Maybe they will not come today.”
- “The English Department has decided that today they will not work.”
Truly, this type of surprise is perfect for a rookie teacher like me. The extra time to plan lessons or write my family a letter is welcome. Any chance to slow down is usually one to be grateful for.
There’s another side of the burger, too. The unpredictability of schedule can also mean that my day becomes one extra wild goose chase. It’s easy to feel jerked around but it’s important to understand that’s not the intention. Of course, there's a language barrier among other uncertainties that get in the way of communication. I’m relearning that even though I like to be in control of my day, sometimes that’s simply not the point. “Mai pen rai” is how they call it in Thailand. “Don’t worry, whatever will be, will be.”
Below: Some well spent free time of preparing a Christmas succulent!